David Williamson


David became Chairman of SecondBite in September 2017, having been a Director since 2011. Reflecting his commitment to the less fortunate in our society, David has a long history of involvement with the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal in Victoria, and is also a Trustee of The Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust. David is Deputy Chairman of Flagstaff Partners, a leading independent corporate advisory firm based in Melbourne. He was previously Head of Group Legal and Chief Compliance Officer of BHP Billiton and, for around 25 years, a partner of law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) where he occupied various leadership positions, and as a mergers and acquisition expert led a number of major transactions

Simone Carson


Simone is the co-founder of SecondBite and was appointed Director in September 2006. Simone was a Registered Nurse with a keen focus on children's health. Simone worked in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children's Hospital and co-ordinated research projects for the Infectious Diseases Department. She also gained a certificate in Paediatric Intensive Care and subsequently became a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Simone completed a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University and the Graduate Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a special interest in volunteers who are the 'golden thread' enabling the significant growth and expansion of SecondBite's work in the community and relationships within the Food Security Sector, Research and SecondBite Ambassadors. Simone is a member of the SecondBite Volunter Committee and a Trustee of the SecondBite Future Trust. She is a Board member of the St Vincent's Institute Foundation. In recognition of Simone's tireless work in the community, she was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2017 and awarded Melburnian of the Year in 2018. Simone was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018 and will be looking to improve food rescue in Australia by examining best practices globally.

Flavia Gobbo

Flavia has extensive experience as a senior corporate lawyer with Telstra and as a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons. She has many years of experience in the Telstra Legal Services team, including acting as Assistant Company Secretary, and Company Secretary for the Telstra Foundation. Prior to this Flavia was a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons. Flavia has a wide range of both legal and management experience, particularly in the areas of Product Management, Corporate Governance, Treasury, Trade Practices, Dispute Resolution and Insurance Law. Flavia is a member of the SecondBite Fundraising Committee and the Queensland Advisory Committee.

Andrew Monotti

Andrew is currently Partner, King & Wood Mallesons and Adjunct Senior Associate, Faulty of Law, Monash University. Andrew specialises in competition law (including third party access), utility regulation, joint ventures, contracts and intellectual property. In competition law he concentrates on transactions, Australian Competition and Consumer (ACCC) approvals of mergers and acquisitions and advice and compliance programs, including National Competition Policy reforms. He has been involved in significant Australian and international and global mergers and acquisitions and competition law issues across various essential industries. Andrew also specialises in franchising and other forms of distribution and dealer arrangements. Andrew has co-lectured in competition law at Monash University for a number of years.

Sheridan Lee

Sheridan was appointed Director of SecondBite in August 2013. Sheridan is Managing Director and Principal of Shed Enterprises Pty Ltd, a specialised financial services, public relations and third-party marketing consultancy and has over 28 years’ experience in PR and marketing within financial services in Australia.

After starting her career in financial journalism, Sheridan then moved into marketing, working with global financial services groups including Swiss Bank Corp (now UBS) and Alliance Capital. Sheridan then moved into marketing, working with global financial services groups including Swiss Bank Corp (now UBS) and Alliance Capital. Her role entailed business development, client servicing, branding and product development for the Australian institutional marketplace. Initially devoted to marketing global investment management firms in Australia, Sheridan has worked for a number of leading financial services houses in various capacities including business development and media strategy.

Sam Schachna

Sam was appointed Director of SecondBite in July 2016 and is a member of the Risk and Finance Committee. Sam has over 18 years of experience across the Consumer Goods, Financial and IT Advisory Services industries. Sam’s professional career commenced at KPMG, where for over six years he led projects and provided strategic, regulatory and financial advice to leading blue-chip clients.

In 2008, Sam joined Menora Foods, a national leader in fast moving consumer goods. As Managing Director, Sam led a nation-wide team of over 150 staff with responsibility across domestic and international operations. In 2015, Menora was acquired by Monde Nissin, one of the leading branded food manufacturers in the ASEAN region. In 2017, Sam co-founded Simple Foods and the Whole Food Vitamin Company. Sam leads a team to develop and market a range of innovative natural and organic brands including Pana Organics, Simple Tribe, Tribe Organics and The Natural Vitamin Co.

Georgia Beattie

Georgia Beattie is the CEO of Start Up Victoria, the largest entrepreneurship group in Victoria. As CEO, Georgia has been charged with the responsibility “to make Victoria the number one tech destination in the Asia Pacific,”. Georgia is a successful, global entrepreneur & a pioneer of the single-serve wine industry. Georgia founded Single Serve Packaging in 2010 after attending a festival and asking for a glass of wine only to be told it was too hard to serve at large functions. Single Serve specialises in pre-filling wine in a shatterproof PET plastic wine glass for places where glass is dangerous or just inconvenient. With a passion for business & innovation, entrepreneurship has been a major focus in her studies domestically (RMIT) & with the #1 university of Entrepreneurship Internationally, Babson. While at University Georgia was awarded an Honouree Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society 2008 for receiving marks within the top 2% as well as having her work published in Marketing Core Concepts & Applications, 2nd Edition (John Wiley 2007).

Rebecca Bedford

Rebecca is a Partner with law firm MinterEllison, in the Dispute Resolution Group. She specialises in distribution and supply chain issues in all industries including, automotive, energy, fast moving consumer goods, fitness and telecommunications. She also regularly advises on regulatory compliance (including competition and franchising) intellectual property, comparative advertising and general dispute resolution. She regularly speaks at legal events, including the International Bar Association's annual conference, on legal issues arising from international distribution arrangements.

Benedicte Colin

Benedicte was appointed Director of SecondBite in October 2016. Benedicte is an investment Director at CDPQ (Caisse des Depots et Placement du Quebec), which she joined in February 2017. Her responsibilities include investment and asset management for the infrastructure portfolio of CDPQ in Australia (3.5 billion AUD). CDPQ is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and para-public pension and insurance plans in Quebec. Benedicte has over 20 years’ experience in project finance, M&A, infrastructure investments (including PPP and franchises) and operations. Prior to joining CDPQ, Benedicte was the CEO of Keolis Downer, a leading public transport operator in Australia (Yarra Trams, Gold Coast Light Rail) and General Counsel at Aquasure, the company responsible for the finance, design, construction and operation of Australia’s largest desalination plant in Victoria. Benedicte has been living in Australia since 2007 and is an Australian Citizen.

Bradley Gorman

Bradley Gorman joined SecondBite as Director in July 2017 and is currently General Manager Fresh Produce at Coles Supermarkets, responsible for a team of 75 people and a business of over $4 billion. With thirteen years’ experience in buying and retail across Meat, Bakery, Delicatessens and Fresh Produce, Brad has developed an intimate understanding of fresh sourcing and supply chains, and has built a passion for working with Australian farmers to feed Australians nutritious, affordable, quality produce.

Previously Brad was with PwC specialising in corporate finance and strategy consulting across a variety of sectors, including finance retail, media and construction. Brad holds qualifications from the University of Technology, Sydney and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

David Lomax

Dave was appointed Director of SecondBite in February 2018 and is Chair of the SecondBite Finance & Risk Committee. Dave is a Partner in the Ernst & Young (EY) Transaction Diligence team with over 16 years of professional experience in the UK and Australia covering M&A and Audit. Since joining the EY Transaction Diligence team in 2006, Dave has gained significant financial due diligence experience, working with clients on a number of significant Australian and international M&A transactions.

Dave sponsored SecondBite through the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program in 2015, in which SecondBite was crowned EY Southern Region 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Dave is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Julian Martin

Julian was appointed Director of SecondBite in February 2018 having previously been Chairman of the NSW Advisory Committee. Julian is the founding partner of BrandCentral, a Sydney based branding and research agency. For almost 30 years, he has held CEO, Managing Director or board director roles for advertising agencies in Melbourne, Sydney, New York and London. He has co-founded two agencies that were subsequently purchased by public holding companies. Julian has had a 30 year career in marketing, communications and research. He has previously worked for Chiat/Day/ Mojo (Sydney, New York and London), Bartle Bogle Hegarty London, and The Campaign Palace Melbourne.  Community roles have included being a Woollahra Councillor and on the board of the Holdsworth St Community Centre.

Julian is a Graduate of The Harvard Business School’s Owner President Program and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Finance) from Monash University.

Matt Preston

Matt was appointed Director of SecondBite in October 2018 after a long association with our organisation. Matt is an award-winning food journalist and best-selling cookbook author. He is also the co-host and judge on one of the most-watched cooking shows in the world, MasterChef Australia and an active ambassador of SecondBite and food rescue and relief.

Matt writes a weekly column for delicious on Sunday read by 4 million Australians every week. He is also a senior editor for delicious and taste magazines, and contributes to one of Australia’s best-read website, with a monthly reach of 2 million food lovers.

Matt has released 5 best-selling cook books which have been published in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Portugal.

Ian Carson AM

Co-founder (Retired from Board August 2017)

Ian is the co-founding partner of SecondBite and was appointed Chairman in 2005 until he retired from the Board in August 2017. Ian is an innovator who is routinely sought out by board and governments requiring discreet advice on complex negotiations and problem solving.

Ian is well known for bringing people together and finding pragmatic solutions to difficult commercial problems, such as the settlement for Australian thalidomide victims. Ian led the PPB Advisory team that assisted the settlement negotiations. Ian developed a scorecard to assess Governance and Management of organisations which is regarded as industry leading. In addition to his above roles, Ian is active in the community as a Trustee for the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and Board Member of the Boykett Tall Ship Sailing Fund. Ian was awarded the Schwabb Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur Award in 2015 at Davos and the Southern Region (Australia) Social Entrepreneur award as pert of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 program, and in the same year Ian was also awarded the La Trobe University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2017, Ian was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for his work in both the business and charity sectors. Ian was awarded Melburnian of the Year in 2018.